We know what a big deal it is for the vegan community when a celebrity announces that they went vegan. Because suddenly they are not just some random celebrity, but a vegan celebrity. It’s a big deal! We are all ecstatic and over the moon. But are they really helping? How many people actually get inspired by their favorite celebrity going vegan? Well, a fucking lot.
I personally haven’t been inspired by a celebrity, but I have seen people try to eat more plants after a certain famous person posted something about it on social media.
I mean, if Miley Cyrus shares a photo of her eating a delicious vegan pizza, you will probably trust that she knows a good pizza. It’s Hannah Montana for nature’s sake! Of course, she knows good pizza, and now you want it too.
My favorite vegan celebrity is Joaquin Phoenix. I trust him completely and not only is he a great animal rights activist, he is also a great actor that is not a fame whore. That means something, you know. The man pretended to be crazy for a year to film a documentary, and narrated Earthlings – the most important vegan documentary ever.
Joaquin helps me keep my faith in vegan celebrities. Oh, and did you know that he went vegetarian at the age of 3? Who is that fucking smart at the age of 3? Joaquin, that’s who.
AND he wore all vegan leather outfits in the Gladiator. Great movie, great actor, great outfits.
I also love Tobey Maguire, my favorite Spider-Man. Anyway, the point is, that many celebrities who are vegan, can inspire their fans to try it out too. Especially, if those celebrities are super famous and popular, like Miley and Liam Hemsworth (you know, Thor’s brother); or Woody Harrelson, who has been vegan for 40 years or something.
Every movie they are promoting is a chance for them to say something about not eating animals, and taa-daa people may try it out.
Steve Jobs was also vegan for a long time. That’s why I like him. And Pamela Anderson. She is the most incredible female animal rights activist among celebrities. Truly an incredible human being.
You don’t have to like a certain celebrity for you to know how much of a big deal it is when they start talking about why they don’t eat animals. Everything they say can be read or heard by millions. That’s millions of people that now know that this very famous successful person has been vegan for a while and that they are still sexy and pretty. People care about those things.
People want to be inspired by someone they find attractive and inspirational, not some random fat Joe on the street corner. I’m sorry but that’s why vegan celebrities matter. In a superficial world of ours, hot vegan celebrities matter.
I understand that with them it’s not always easy to say because they can just be jumping on the vegan train because it seems cool and hip, but we have to trust that they are here for the long ride. Posting something about veganism on Instagram to your 70+ millions of followers is pretty fucking special. That’s 70 million people – okay let’s say it’s only 50 million that actually see it – that will hear about it.
How many people can YOU reach in one day? Not trying to diminish your work and your activism, just saying that if they can reach a few million people in a day, we should support them and be aware of how powerful their voice is.
Find me on Instagram; I post almost every day and I always make sure that you get something out of my posts (whether that’s a recommendation for a good book or just a simple reminder to take a deep breath).
p.s. – To learn how to help small animals – like snails, bugs, and other insects – read this post here.